Milia is a quite common problem with a not so easy to find solution. Or so it’s been. Until quite lately, the safest way to get rid of it was to go to a cosmetician and let her deal with it. But honestly, who has the money to do that every time?
A very simple and cheap way to get rid of milia is to do it at home, using either exfoliants or diy masks with slight peeling proprieties.
The exfoliants that I’m talking about are AHAs and BHAs that help clear the skin and get rid of all the dead skin, sebum or other impurities that lock your pores. his includes milia. Results are usually visible in 2-3 months if you just apply them and wait for it to happen on its own. If you want to hurry the process, I’d recommend to use a salicylic acid mask. Sounds fancy, but honestly, it’s not complicated.
Take 1-2 Aspirins (yes, the awesome “secret” ingredient), smash and mix them with a teaspoon of honey. Apply the mixture on clear skin and leave it for 20-30 minutes. Preferably do this in the evening, since you might experience some redness after using it. Make sure you don’t apply it too close to your eyes and don’t spread it all over your skin. Rather, use it mostly as a spot treatment. At the end rinse well and apply some thermal water if you have (if not, use either a calming toner or some strong chamomile tea) and finish with your normal routine. Skip any active ingredient that you usually use (for example retinol) on that specific spot for at least 30 minutes or until the redness is gone.
This treatment will help thinning the skin that covers the milia, making it easier to extract in a few day or weeks (max 2 weeks if it is cover by a thick layer of skin). You will see that after this you can easily prick the thin skin with a needle and push the white dot out.
I tried this with 2 milia spots: one near my eye that disappeared in less than 1 week and one on my cheek that took almost 2 weeks to go away. The healing took very little. In less than 3 days you could see no scar left near my eye and you could barely distinguish a freckle from the small spot on my cheek. Now, 1 month later, there’s absolutely nothing left behind, so yay!
Also, if you want these spots that are a bit sensitive because of salicylic acid to heal properly, make sure you apply SPF protection during the day. This helps your skin with discoloration.